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Youth workshop in Bosnia

What the world can learn from the Balkans: The role of young people in democratic transition

Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Serbia and the Youth Initiative for Human Rights in BiH, in cooperation with the World Youth Movement for Democracy, organized a seminar entitled “What the world can learn from the Balkans: the role of young people in democratic transition” was held from 8th to 11 September in Sarajevo. The seminar bought together over twenty young leaders from Pakistan, Burma, Zimbabwe, Ukraine, Croatian, Kosovo, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Anita and Jasmina talking to the participant

The aim of the seminar was exchange experiences and knowledge about the role of young people in the democratic transition process. The seminar was divided into several topics that gave participants a broader perspective on issues related to democracy, economy and human rights in the countries of the Western Balkans during the democratic transition.

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Participants visit to ‘hope tunnel’

 

Participants were able to hear the opinions of young people from the Western Balkans to the problems which are considered important for the future of the region, as well as the opinions and experiences of eminent human rights activists from Pakistan, Burma, USA and Zimbabwe.  Participants organized visits to the Memorial Serbrenica and Sarajevo Tunnel of Hope.

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The seminar included debate entitled “Let’s Talk About You (th)” in the premises of the Youth Council (Mula Mustafa Bašeskija ) . The idea of the debate was that the participants share their experiences with activists from Sarajevo, as they who wear their countries, as well as those that have been gained in Bosnia and Herzegovina ..

Nisar Ahmed(Gilgit Baltistan),Gulali Ismail(KPK) and Shah Nawaz(Punjab),bb represented Pakistan and shared their experiences about the  youth role in the democratization in Pakistan.

 

All the participants representing different countries applauded the organizers effort for taking the initiative and declared it a historical moment to interact  with the Balkan youth and knowing more about the history and democratization process in the Balkan states.

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